Chi­nese di­rec­tors win top prizes at Mar­rakesh film fes­ti­val

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Two Chi­nese film­mak­ers won the top awards at the Mar­rakesh film fes­ti­val this week­end, with Zang Qiwu’s “The Donor” on the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue of or­gan trans­plants tak­ing the cov­eted Golden Star. The best di­rec­tor award went to China’s Wang Xuebo for “Knife in the Clear Water”. Four­teen films com­peted in the an­nual fes­ti­val but the top prize was Saturday handed to “The Donor” a drama about a poor father forced to sell his kid­ney to look af­ter his fam­ily. Both Zang and Wang, seen as up and ris­ing film­mak­ers, had also taken the two main prizes at the Bu­san In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in South Korea in Oc­to­ber. Zang has long worked along­side ac­claimed Chi­nese di­rec­tor Zhang Yi­mou but “The Donor” was his first work as a di­rec­tor and por­trayed the tragedies that come with or­gan trans­plants.

“Knife in the Clear Water”, also Wang’s first fea­ture film, tells the story of a farmer and the re­al­i­ties of life in a moun­tain vil­lage. The Jury Prize at the fes­ti­val was awarded to “Mis­ter Universo” a film co-di­rected by Ital­ian Tizza Covi and Aus­trian Rainer Frim­mel. Best ac­tress award went to Fereshteh Hos­seini for her per­for­mance in the film “Part­ing” of Afghan di­rec­tor Navid Mah­moudi.

Bal­dur Ei­nars­son and Blaer Hin­riks­son shared the best ac­tor award for their roles in the Ice­landic movie “Heart­stone” of di­rec­tor Gud­mundur Arnar Gud­munds­son. Hun­gar­ian di­rec­tor Bela Tarr presided over the jury at this year’s fes­ti­val, which paid a spe­cial tribute to Ira­nian film­maker Ab­bas Kiarostami who died in July. — AFP

Chi­nese di­rec­tor Zang Qi Wu re­ceives his award from Hun­gar­ian di­rec­tor Bela Tarr dur­ing the awards cer­e­mony of the 14th edi­tion of the Mar­rakech In­ter­na­tional Film fes­ti­val in Mar­rakech. — AFP pho­tos

Afghanistan ac­tress Fereshteh Hos­seini holds her tro­phy af­ter re­ceiv­ing the best ac­tress award.

Is­land’s ac­tor Bla­her Hin­riks­son (right) and Den­mark’s ac­tor Bal­dur Ei­nars­son hold their tro­phy af­ter re­ceiv­ing the best ac­tor award.

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